Tips for those who read slow or lack the time to read.
The bane of every book collecting person: the Silverfish. DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!! How to get rid of them? If one book has been infected, place it inside an air-tight plastic bag along with some silica gel desiccant. The silica gel is important to get rid of moisture, because you will now place the sealed plastic bag with the book in it inside the freezer. Leave it in there for a couple of days so that those bugs catch their death of cold. If you're feeling particularly paranoid, (like I usually am) feel free to leave the plastic bag in there for a week. If they're not dead, then you might likely have an infestation of zombie silverfish , which is out of the scope of this blogpost. But what if a whole colony of silverfish decided to invade your whole bookcase? Then you have to make sure you're ready for war. Place a generous amount of silica gel (or if you can find it, diatomaceous earth) behind your books at the back of the shelves so that moisture levels remain low.
it's good advice esp about pacing yourself through a book - but cut yourself some slack if you're reading an important book like 'midnight's children' which takes more brain cellsReplyDelete
i always read when i eat - it's my favourite reading time and i read on public transport
but i do reread parts when i love the way something is done and find it a great way to learn
Ha ha ha, Ted. I'm actually one of those who can zoom through a book in a day. Especially if it's an unputdownable thriller.ReplyDelete
Sharon: I can't zoom through Midnight's Children no matter how hard I tried! But I have finished the book at last... am now going through something a little less brainy... like something from Michael Crichton :D I read when I eat too, but only magazines. Eating rice with hands while holding a paperback (or worse, a hard cover!) requires too much effort, methinks!ReplyDelete
Xeus: I envy you! Though I've had my share of zooming through unputdownable thrillers too... like when I read marathon-read Dan Brown's four books three years ago.
well done finishing "midnight's children" - hope you enjoyed itReplyDelete
yes, you deserve a lighter read after that marathon!
reading when eating requires practice. i wrote a sort of how-to guide here.
Let me echo Namra: Ha! Priceless!ReplyDelete
Do you eat while reading online? I know I do... my huge list of blogs that I have to read calls for a hefty serving of nosh!
my blog writing is fuelled by tea but i find it hard to eat when i'm surfing 'cos i need 2 handsReplyDelete
Hehe... All I can say is it needs practice... ;)ReplyDelete
All that hard work and all those long months of toil and someone just zips through the beautiful writing you've spent ages agonising about... It's fab if the reason is they are enjoying the book but if it's only so they don't waste time reading and if they hurry up, they can get on with their lives and other books piled up on their desks: for a writer, it's a bit depressing
A friend once apologised to me that she read my novel The Flame Tree in one sitting one night. She said, "I know it took you eighteen months to write and here, I've finished it in under 12 hours." I like to think it was a compliment that she couldn't put it down.....
Oh I don't know... I don't think a reader that's NOT enjoying a book would even bother to actually attempt to finish reading the book, much less to finish it quickly! I'd be more worried if the reader stopped half-way (or worse, only 2 pages in) then never continued reading the book again.ReplyDelete
Having a reader finish your book in 12 hours is indeed a compliment--a testimony of how well you write!